Warnings to builders
In an effort to curb thefts at construction site, the Park City Building Department and the Police Department are handing out notices to contractors who do not secure their equipment.
Michelle Downard, the Building Department’s code-enforcement officer, says that the Police Department has seen the number of complaints at construction sites tick upward, prompting the notices.
Downard says police officers and Building Department staffers started handing out the notices in late May and, through midweek, had handed out about 25.
The notices say, "This site was noticed to have been left unsecured or had valuables on site that were unsecured, and was therefore considered to be vulnerable to theft and mischief."
They also say that crews should "make certain to secure or remove any valuables on your sites at the end of each work day."
"With the increase in costs of construction materials, it’s becoming more of a problem," Downard says.
She recommends that crews put up locked chain-link fences, that they lock equipment inside if they are almost finished with a structure or they take their equipment home when they leave for the day.
She says that thieves have struck construction sites along S.R. 224 and S.R. 248 recently and that they have taken copper tubing, among other goods. "Anything of value that people can sell," she said when describing what has been taken.
"It’s not one singled-out area in the city. It’s all over," she says.
The notice suggests people call the police at 615-5500 if there are problems or call 911 in case of an emergency.
Ride for Corliss
Organizers on Thursday won an approval for a memorial bicycle ride to commemorate William Corliss, a popular Park City bicyclist who was killed in March while riding a bicycle on the shoulder of S.R. 68 in Utah County.
According to a report submitted to the Park City Council before the elected officials approved a permit for the ride, the bicyclists will start at about 6:15 p.m. in the lower parking lot at Park City Mountain Resort on June 5.
Roads they plan to ride on in a loop include Empire Avenue, S.R. 224, Old Ranch Road, Trailside Drive, Silver Summit Parkway, the North Pace Frontage Road and S.R. 248. The route starts and ends at the Park Avenue Cole Sport, the organizers’ application says.
Organizers expect that the riders will complete the route by 8 p.m., according to the report.
The organizers expect a crowd of 500 and want to make the ride into an annual event, the report says.
No street closures are anticipated but traffic will be held temporarily at some intersections, the report says.
Corliss was 49 years old when he was killed and people who knew him described Corliss as a giant in Park City’s bicycling scene.
Preservation Board applications
Seven people have submitted applications to serve on Park City’s Historic Preservation Board, the panel that holds some authority over development in Old Town.
The newcomers seeking spots on the panel are Nancie Putnam, who lives in Prospector, Stewart Gross, who lives in Park Meadows, and Todd Ford, an Old Town resident.
Three incumbents — Mark Huber, Gary Kimball and Puggy Holmgren — applied to keep their spots on the board. The Park City Historical Society recommended that Ken Martz serve as well.
There are three spots up for appointment. The Planning Department expects that the City Council will make the appointments by July 1.
The newcomers submitted statements about their interest in serving and the issues they see as being important to the board.
Ford said in his application he cares "deeply for the historic integrity of Park City."
Gross said he has worked in cities with a mining heritage like Jerome, Ariz., and "watched these (towns) struggle with similar issues of preserving their town’s history," according to his application.
Putnam said in her application that she was active in preservation in the historic district in Pasadena, Calif.
The incumbents submitted brief letters about their interest in continuing to serve.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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